With environmental science at its core, EARTHS Magnet School has been recycling in a variety of ways for many years. In addition to recycling paper, cardboard, bottles and cans, the school has a composting program and they collect special materials – like ink jet cartridges and glue sticks – so they, too, can be recycled.

EARTHS’ recycling efforts not only benefit the environment, some of the materials the school collects earn money for the school. Cans and bottles (CRV items) are redeemed for cash. The school has turned this into a real fundraiser; in addition to the cans and bottles generated at the school, a local business donates all of their CRV items to the program as well.

EARTHS’ PTA also collects ink jet printer cartridges for a cash return so that they can be reused or recycled, and the PTA helped the school to get a new hydration station, which will help eliminate plastic bottle waste. Check out the hilarious video the PTA put together about the new hydration station – you’ll even catch a glimpse of the recycling storage shed provided by the CVUSD Recycles program!

The school’s environmental efforts go well beyond recycling. For example, the school offers a series of cross-curricular outdoor education programs, known as SEEDS (Students Experiencing the Environment by Doing Science), SPROUTS (Students Practicing Research Outdoors, Using Technology and Science) and SHRUBS (Students Helping Restore Unique BiomeS).

The City of Thousand Oaks recognized EARTHS in 2010 with the WasteWatch Award and the Ventura County Supervisors recognized EARTHS in 2011 with the Climate Age Action Award.

Additional information about this and other programs at EARTHS are available on the school’s web site:

Contact Information: Principal Jennifer Boone, (805) 498-6683,